A porcelain dental crown is a “cap” that is placed over a damaged tooth to help restore shape, size, strength or appearance. When cemented into place, the crown encases the entire visible portion of your tooth at and above the gum line. Although they are available in a different materials, porcelain is the preferred material because it provides a better natural color match and is suitable for people with metal allergies.
Reasons Dentists Commonly Use Crowns
Porcelain dental crowns may be used in the following types of common situations:
- Holding dental bridges in place
- Covering misshaped or discolored teeth
- Covering dental implants To make a cosmetic modification
- Protecting teeth that have been weakened by decay or trauma
- Restoring broken or cracked teeth, or teeth that have been worn down
- Covering teeth with large fillings.